Album – See The Sun – Black Lab

Posted by admin on March 18th, 2006

Sometimes it can take you a while to get into an album. It’s a big undertaking acquainting yourself with 10+ songs. It can be a very hit and miss thing. You can hear a single song and think “Hey that’s great”, but when you hear all the tracks offered up, you realise you’ve heard the best song on the album. The feel of deflation soon sets in. Fortunately this is not the case with Black Lab.

Within seconds of the first track, I had an amazing sense of deja-vu. Not because I’d heard the track already, but something in my head kept telling me I’d heard this band before. There’s nothing I can quite put my finger on, but it’s something akin to meeting a school friend you haven’t seen in a lifetime. You know them, but you don’t really KNOW them. I’m rectifying that now and with each play, the deja-vu is being replaced with the reassuring feel of a cool beer on a warm day and man what a beer it is.

Black Lab have a very contemporary sound, something akin to U2 and Coldplay, but they’re not a knock off and could easy share the bill with any of the heavyweights on the commercial scene.

Opening with the title track, “See the Sun” is a shining (no pun intended) example of what makes a great song. The music, lyrics and just about everything with this track are spot on. And so it continues, over and over and over again. I could just go on and on, about each track on this CD, but I don’t want to come across as a scratched record. Ah records, do you remember those. If you were to twist my arm, though I’d probably say that “See The Sun”, “Remember” and “Without You” are my personal favorites.

Conclusion : I’m constantly reminded of why I love the independent music scene at the moment. With albums like this, it’s hard not to.

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